The NZA Posted March 3, 2005 Share Posted March 3, 2005 Takehiko Inoue's runaway hit Vagabond (based on the classic novel by Eiji Yoshikawa) tells the introspective tale of Miyamoto Musashi, said to be the greatest samurai who ever lived, and was also author of Go Rin No Sho, or The book of Five Rings. In a time when Japan was just beginning its long period of peace, Musashi tried to make a name for himself by taking on every great swordsman he could find, in his quest to be "invincible under the sun". Many did not take him seriously, however, as he was a rugged boy who grew up in the mountains, and had no formal training of any kind. Given that this period saw the rise and perfection of many sword schools, Musashi had a long line of dojos to take on, and he left his home villiage a fudgitive, with only a wooden sword to do so... Ineou's pencils are gorgeous, from Musashi's wild hair to lush backgrounds, and his action scenes are silent and well-laid out; I've read a number of samurai manga where I couldnt keep up with the fights from one panel to the next, but this one is smooth, allowing the reader to even see facial expressions, stances etc. The writing is every bit on par with this, as seemingly one-dimensional characters are fleshed out as well. There's a few good books out right now in this vein: if you like cool characters & badass action, Blade of the Immortal is great, as is Rurouni Kenshin. But fans of the great plot, philosophy and detail of the classic Lone Wolf & Cub really shouldn't miss this one. Ive just gotten through book 10 (he's picking up 2 swords now!), but the series is translated up to about 20 or so over here. For another look at this story, also be sure to check out the Criterion editions of the classic Samurai Trilogy, featuing Toshiro Mifune. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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